SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge Intrepid) "I think he (Kevin Harvick) missed a shift (on final restart). I got a run on him on the inside and we both went in deep. That was that. We did something different than everybody else, and it all ...
SCOTT PRUETT (No. 39 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"I think he (Kevin Harvick) missed a shift (on final restart). I got a run on him on the inside and we both went in deep. That was that. We did something different than everybody else, and it all predicated on how many yellows we got at the start of the race. We got enough yellows where we thought we were going to take a gamble. We're not running for points, so we could afford to take gambles. That's exactly what we did. We got a little behind the eight ball because at the end we really had to conserve fuel. Those last few laps we had to let off a little early. We had a good pace. I could pace (Robby) Gordon, but I certainly couldn't catch up to him. I had strict instructions. Do not touch my teammates, any of them. He said you could make a move on him, but it had to be a good, solid move. (Chip Ganassi) wasn't here today. He was in St. Louis at the IRL. We had a great car at Sears Point, and of course we got knocked out. We had a great car here last year and couldn't play it out. We had a great car here this year, and we got the most out of it this year. We got the most out of it that we could get. Casey (Mears) had a great run today, and he did a great job. He didn't get the finish he deserved out of it, but he will."
CASEY MEARS (No. 41 Target Dodge Intrepid)
"I made a big mistake, but I learned a ton today. I'm really looking forward to coming back. Scott Pruett helped me a lot at the test and he gave me some pointers before the race. He helped me with everything, from where he enters, where he exits, where he brakes. Where to be careful, from top to bottom he helped me out. I really appreciate him being there today. We can run strong, and we know we can win races. It's just a matter of putting it all together. We had a great run today. I just messed up. Everything was going well, but I just made a little mistake and that's the difference in a top five and wherever we ended up."
RUSTY WALLACE (No. 2 Miller Lite Dodge Intrepid)
"It was running good and the brakes quit. We changed a lot of stuff, and it must have messed up something. I'm really not sure what happened."
STERLING MARLIN (No. 40 Coors Light Dodge Intrepid)
"It hasn't been a good week for us. If it was going to happen, I'd rather it happen now rather than be at this ragged place all day. I'm ready to get out of here and get home. It wouldn't bother me if we never raced here again. We haven't run good all week. The guys have been working hard. We just haven't found nothing. We ran good here a couple of years ago and ran good here last year, but we lost an engine last year. That's just part of it. We'd love to turn it around and get back where we were, but I keep waiting for it to turn."
MATT BORLAND (Crew chief No. 12 ALLTEL Dodge Intrepid)
NOTE: With Ryan Newman's ninth-place finish Sunday in the Sirius at The Glen, he now has four top-10 finishes in four starts in NASCAR Winston Cup road races.
"It wasn't a bad finish. We didn't have a great car today, but the guys had some awesome pit stops. Ryan did a great job driving the car and saving gas. He ran out on the last lap. Mike Nelson does a great job with fuel mileage. He's right every time. We didn't give him the best car today, but he was able to hold his position. Ryan is a pretty talented driver. We're going back to Michigan next week, and that track definitely owes us a couple. We're going to take the same car back and hopefully finish what we started there last time."